Seven officers from the SWE-UCLA Chapter recently had the opportunity to join their fellow engineers from five different states in the SWE Region B Conference. The joint conference took place in Salt Lake City, Utah from March 1st to March 3rd. Attendees of the conference represented their professional and collegiate chapters from Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, Southern Nevada, and Utah.
The Conference was truly an enriching experience, and not just because it took place in gorgeous and historical Salt Lake City. There were numerous inspiring presentations made by accomplished female engineers, informative professional and leadership development workshops, countless networking opportunities, and a career fair.
Our section also made time to really explore all that the city has to offer: touring the Tabernacle, some light shopping, and for some, having their first encounters with snow!
Saturday was the busiest day of the conference, beginning with a keynote breakfast, numerous workshops, the career fair, the Region B Collegiate Meeting, lunch, and of course ending with a bang at the Annual Awards Dinner to recognize all of the attending sections’ hard work and continued commitment to SWE.
Conference participants could choose from over twenty different workshops for its collegiate and professional members.
The Region B Collegiate Meeting was especially crucial. Student leaders from all attending sections shared best practices in making a SWE section successful and heard important SWE updates. This meeting was also another great way for first-time attendees and newly joined SWE members to get life-long connections with members from other sections and obtain valuable advice.
From the Collegiate Meeting, our section came back proud with a knit bee (the Region B mascot), one of ten to honor the top-performing SWE sections in Region B.
Also, both collegiate and professional members seeking employment took advantage of the ten recruiting companies for internship, part-time, and full-time positions at the fair.
The final awards ceremony marked another remarkable aspect of the conference. The officers enjoyed a delicious dinner while applauding our fellow female engineers for their accomplishments.
The Conference was an outstanding experience overall: full of wonderful memories, inspiring discussions, and positive energy. SWE-UCLA officers were able to expand their professional network, learn a lot about SWE and life as a professional engineer, and still find time to enjoy Salt Lake City.
We are all looking forward to our upcoming National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland!